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The Ultimate Back-to-School Songs for Kids: A Playlist to Start the Year Right!

The Ultimate Back-to-School Songs for Kids: A Playlist to Start the Year Right! The Ultimate Back-to-School Songs for Kids: A Playlist to Start the Year Right!

Ease those back-to-school jitters and set the right tone with catchy and fun songs. Whether on the way to school, during lunch breaks, or while studying at home, these toe-tapping tunes are sure to make the academic journey all the more enjoyable. 


We compiled our favorite back-to-school songs for kids that will get them singing and dancing. This will be your favorite back-to-school guide yet!

Song: Can You Canoe by The Okee Dokee Brothers

Recommended by Lorelei!

Why? Every song by The Okee Dokee Brothers is sing-along friendly, and their music has a meaning, like take care of the earth, go on adventures, and always choose love!

Song: Believe in Yourself by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers

Recommended by Emily

Why? It was my favorite song as a kid, and I still sing it when hiking in the woods and coming across a bear. It lets the bears know I'm coming and keeps me from panicking. 



Song: ABC by The Jackson 5

Recommended by Lindsay

A timeless classic that never fails to get my three year old moving and grooving. It also makes learning the ABCs fun in the car, at home, or in line at the store.

Song: Rockin' Robin by Bobby Day

Recommended by Rebecca

Why? The kids love the "Tweedle-lee-dee-dee-dee" at the beginning of the song. It's just a cute and fun classic. (Good luck getting this out of your head now.)


Song: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

Recommended by Kylie

Why? It's such a sunny, uplifting song, especially to start your day to! My sister and I used to sing this song together as kids. Something about the classics that always gets everyone singing!



Song: You Make My Dreams (Come True) by Hall & Oates

Recommended by Rachel J.

Why? This has been a staple song from itty bitty baby bath time! It's our foolproof bring-the-mood-up song because you can't not sing along with those oooh ooohs! You can also tell that this song makes my daughter feel special when we say, "you make my dreams come true!"

Song: We Will Rock You by Queen

Recommended by Katie R.

Why? It gets the kids pumped up and ready to take on the day! It's also super easy to clap and sing to.

Song: Raining Like Magic by Raffi

Recommended by the Dee Family

Why? It’s a 90s nostalgic song from a movie we love that celebrates nature, beauty, and life. 



Song: School Days by Chuck Berry

Recommended by Phoebe

Why? We love this rock 'n' roll classic; it captures the school experience's spirit. It has an upbeat tempo that will get kids moving to the tune.

Song: Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

Recommended by Salpy

On good days or bad days, this song is a fantastic way to encourage a positive outlook for the new school year. It reminds kids to let go of worries and embrace each day with a smile.

Music can uplift spirits, create lasting memories, and build community. As kids get ready for their back-to-school journey, these songs will serve as the perfect classmates to inspire, motivate, and entertain along the way. And you may just start a new tradition!

What do you think of our playlist? What songs get your kids motivated on the way to school, or how do you use music to uplift them on school days? Share with us in the comments below!


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